State Partnership Program

Established in 2003, the goal of the State Partnership Program is to establish broad reaching, friendly ties between partner states and partner countries at all levels of society utilizing the National Guard as the catalyzing force and means of support.

September 2016 marked the 25th anniversary of Tajikistan’s independence, and the partnership between the Virginia National Guard and Tajikistan is in its 14th year. As part of the SPP, the Virginia National Guard regularly conducts information exchanges on a variety of subjects related to security and emergency response operations. The Guard also facilitates trips from Tajikistani officials to the United States.

Officers from the Tajikistan Ministry of Defense who specialize in chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives response operations conducted an information exchange with personnel for the Virginia National Guard’s 34th Civil Support Team Feb. 21-22, 2017, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The exchange was part of the National Guard’s State Partnership Program that links states and partner nations in support of mutual interests, and their visit also included a tour of the Virginia Emergency Operations Center and meeting with officials from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management.

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The Virginia National Guard formalized its partnership with the Finnish Defense Forces during a signing ceremony May 2, 2024, at the Finnish Ministry of Defense in Helsinki, Finland. The letter of intent, signed by Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin, Finnish Minister of Defense Antti Häkkänen, and Maj. Gen. James W. Ring, the Adjutant General of Virginia, officially recognizes the pairing of the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Finland and the VNG as part of the National Guard Bureau's State Partnership Program.
 Virginia signs state partnership agreement with Finland 
May 6, 2024
The Virginia National Guard formalized its partnership with the Finnish Defense Forces during a signing ceremony May 2, 2024, at the Finnish Ministry of Defense in Helsinki, Finland.

Governor Glenn Youngkin announced May 2, 2024, the Virginia National Guard has been selected as the U.S. partner to the nation of Finland for the Department of Defense National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program. The official state partnership signing ceremony occurred at the Finnish Ministry of Defense with signing partners Minister of Defence Antti Häkkänen, Maj. Gen. Ring and Gen. Janne Jaakkola, Commander of the Finnish Defence Forces, in Helsinki, Finland.
Youngkin announces VNG to formalize partnership with Finland
May 2, 2024
Governor Glenn Youngkin announced May 2, 2024, the Virginia National Guard has been selected as the U.S. partner to the nation of Finland for the Department of Defense National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program.

Finnish Maj. Gen. Juha-Pekka Keränen, commander of the Finnish Air Force, meets with Virginia National Guard leaders April 8, 2024, during a visit at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton, Virginia. Maj. Gen. James W. Ring, the Adjutant General of Virginia, Brig. Gen. Catherine M. Jumper, commander of the Virginia Air National Guard, and other senior VaANG leaders hosted the visit and provided an overview of the 192nd Wing’s operations and capabilities, including flight operations as well as cyber and intelligence capabilities. The VNG enjoys an enduring relationship with Finland that includes military training exchanges between Finnish Defence Forces and VNG Soldiers and Airmen. Read more about the VNG’s partnership with Finland at https://ngpa.us/27894.
Commander of Finnish Air Force meets with VNG leaders
April 10, 2024
Finnish Maj. Gen. Juha-Pekka Keränen, commander of the Finnish Air Force, met with Virginia National Guard leaders April 8, 2024, during a visit at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton, Virginia.

Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Fort Belvoir-based 91st Cyber Brigade and the Virginia Army National Guard’s G6 section conduct a communications exchange with the Republic of Tajikistan March 25 – 29, 2024, in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The exchange was conducted in support of the Department of Defense‘s State Partnership program, in which Virginia and Tajikistan have been partners since 2003.
VNG Soldiers conduct communications exchange with Tajik partners
April 1, 2024
Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Fort Belvoir-based 91st Cyber Brigade and the Virginia Army National Guard’s G6 section conducted a communications exchange with the Republic of Tajikistan March 25 – 29, 2024, in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. 

Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Fort Barfoot-based 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute conduct an infantry tactics exchange with soldiers from the Republic of Tajikistan’s Ministry of Defense Peacekeeping Battalion March 3 - 8, 2024, in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.
RTI instructors conduct infantry tactics exchange in Tajikistan
March 14, 2024
Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Fort Barfoot-based 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute conducted an infantry tactics exchange with soldiers from the Republic of Tajikistan March 3 - 8, 2024, in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.